Offered is a fabulous reference book on the history of PATENT MEDICINES in America dating from the Civil War era to 1906 when the Food and Drug Act put an end to a reckless period of quackery and unfounded claims of curing illness and disease with bogus medicines. In addition to the traditional use of medicines, there is mention of herbal use, Electric belts, Snake oil, tonics, powders, and elixirs used to "restore health". Included is use of "Peddlers", the Traveling Salesman, Almanacs, Catalogs, mail order, trade cards and other forms of advertisement employed to encourage a sale.
There are 248 pages in this 1974 1st Edition folio. The book is in very good condition with some very minor wear to the hardbound covers. The spine is strong and pages lightly used with crisp corners. The dust jack is fair, mostly complete with some tears, crimps and minimal loss. Faint foxing to the back interior of dust cover.
Overall a great volume packed with interesting imagery and information on the early formative and often reckless period of the American Patent Medicine Era.